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The Road Taken By Robert Frost 1864-1973 Robert Lee Frost was one of Americas leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize An essentially pastoral poet often associated with rural New England Frost wrote poems whose philosophical dimensions transcend any region Although his verse forms are traditional he often said in a dig at archival Carl Sandburg that he would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse he was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter and in the poetic se of the vocabulary and inflections of everyday speech His poetry is thus both traditional and experimental regional and universal Charles Alteri 77 Roberts father William Prescot Frost Jr was something of a drifter He worked usually as a newspaperman and sometimes squandered his wages in a saloon and casino Frosts mother a schoolteacher her professional training served her well when in 18 she fled San Francisco and her improvident husband for the first time Packing two year old Robert with her she crossed the Continent to Williams parents house There she gave birth to Roberts sister Jeanie Less than ten years later Frosts My tterfly his first published poem appears in the Independent In 1912 at the age of 38 he sold the farm his father had passed to him and used the proceeds to take his family to England where he could devote himself entirely to writing His efforts to establish himself and his work were almost immediately succe ful A Boys Will was accepted by a London publisher and brought out in 1913 followed a year later by North of Boston Brocheim 120 Favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic resulted in American publication of the books by Henry Holt and Comp y Frosts primary American publisher and in the establishing of Frosts transatlantic reputation In 1916 Frost suffers great nervousness while addressing Boston Authors Club in May but feels more
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